The Pee Dee Coalition focuses on prevention for both younger and older students.
Prevention for Younger Students:
Talking About Touching, a personal body safety curriculum developed by the Committee of Children. It is implemented at the primary and elementary school levels. Through activities, children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are empowered to say “NO!” to unwanted touches by learning personal defense mechanisms useful in dangerous situations. They also learn the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching. All information is presented in a fun manner and emphasizes placing the blame for unwanted touches on the perpetrator and not the child.
There are several community-based programs within South Carolina and the Pee Dee Region. These include Parent Education/Parent Support (PEPS), Parents Anonymous, Parent Institute, and Keeping Pee Dee Kids Safe at Home. All of these programs strive to decrease child maltreatment by teaching parents the necessary skills they need in order to protect their child.
Parent Education/Parent Support (PEPS)
PEPS is a free, 12-week program for parents of children ranging from birth through twelve years of age. Parents meet for two hours, one night per week, for 12 weeks. Topics of education include self-care, understanding your own wants and needs, positive discipline techniques, anger and stress management, as well as other related topics. Free child care and activities are provided. Each participant receives a certification of completing a minimum of ten weeks
Durant PEPS Groups:
Parents Anonymous – is a mutual assistance program in which parents not only recognize and take responsibility for their own problems and solutions through the help they receive, but they also have to help other parents. Community-based support groups offer parents the skills and encouragement they need to build strong, safe families. Prevent Child Abuse Pee Dee serves as the local chapter of Parents Anonymous in South Carolina.